Monday, 28 May 2012

Things to do in London during the Olympics

Heading to London for the Olympics?

The final preparations are being made ahead of the sporting extravaganza that’s expected to attract an extra five million visitors to the city between July 27 and August 12.

(Photo courtesy of Metro Centric on Flickr)

Some people will have day trips planned to the capital and others will be looking to combine a short stay in London with Olympic events if they are lucky enough to have tickets. If you fall into the latter category then check out our suggestions on things to do in London during the Olympics away from the stunning Olympic Park in Stratford.

Hit the West End

London’s theatre district is famous the world over and is hive of activity every night of the week as people of all ages flock here to soak up the atmosphere and see shows like The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera and Shrek The Musical. An assortment of music gigs and comedy stand-up shows are also scheduled to take place during the Olympics worth checking out.

Wine and dine in style

An exciting day of sporting action will leave you famished and fortunately London has some brilliant places to get a nice bite to eat and enjoy a few drinks. Perhaps you fancy having afternoon tea at iconic London hotels like the Dorchester, Ritz and Savoy? Or maybe a curry down Brick Lane is more up your street? For a really unusual culinary treat head to Dans le Noir, a restaurant where you dine in the dark to heighten the senses. Just off Regent Street, ICEBAR is another popular place for tourists to hang out and this is the UK’s only permanent bar made of ice. There are plenty of different things to do in London like this if you’re feeling adventurous, while areas like Soho and Camden have lots of bustling pubs and bars if you fancy a lively night out.

See the sights

You cannot come to London without a whistle-stop tour of the major sights. Things to do in central London like visiting the London AquariumThe MonumentTate Modern and St Paul’s Cathedral offer something to keep everyone happy. Here’s a little tip – it’s worth booking London Eye tickets in advance to avoid disappointment as it is a popular attraction. In fact, it’s the UK’s most-popular, paid-for attraction! Other free attractions like the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are perfect for families along with a nice stroll around places like Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. For one of the best things to see in London, watch Changing the Guards at Buckingham Palace.

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